Trump scuttles Iran nuclear deal but offers no plan for what comes next

Like most of his major foreign policy pronouncements, President Trump couched his decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement in terms of how badly his predecessor had negotiated the deal and how he was keeping his campaign promise to dump it. “The fact is, this was a horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, …

U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.

In the past six months, the Trump administration has moved to expel more than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living and working legally in the United States, disregarding senior U.S. diplomats who warned that mass deportations could destabilize the region and trigger a new surge of illegal immigration. The warnings were transmitted to top State …

A group of actors stormed a mall in Iran dressed as ISIS militants. It didn’t end well.

A still image from the movie “Damascus Time,” directed by Ebrahim Hatamikia. (Ayat Media) The plan was to harmlessly promote “Damascus Time,” a new film about an Iranian father and son who travel to Syria to deliver humanitarian supplies and then get kidnapped by the Islamic State. Actors dressed as Islamic State fighters would show up …

Trump wants to wring a ‘better deal’ from Iran. Here’s why that’s so unlikely.

Within the next few days, the Trump administration will decide whether to continue to waive nuclear sanctions on Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Given that the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly confirmed that Iran is complying with the agreement, a failure to renew the waivers …

The mystery of Trump’s fake Nobel Peace Prize nomination

President Trump in Cleveland on May 5. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) If things go well on the North Korea front, some have suggested that President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize — for his push for talks with Kim Jong Un. Whatever happens, however, Trump will not win in 2018: Submissions for the prize had to …

Sky News will identify celebrities at the royal wedding using artificial intelligence

Britain’s Prince Harry, left, and Meghan Markle posed for the media at Kensington Palace in London in November. (Eddie Mulholland/Pool/AP) When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say “I do” at their royal wedding next week, online viewers tuning into the Sky News stream will not have to guess the names of international celebrities and British …

Leopard snatches a 3-year-old from a lodge in Uganda

A leopard at a zoo in Yemen’s southwestern city of Taiz on Feb. 22, 2016. (Anees Mahyoub/Reuters) It’s every nanny’s nightmare. Last week, a babysitter at the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda didn’t notice 3-year-old Elisha Nabugyere step out of the doorway of the staff quarters. Then she heard his screams. A leopard had …

Facebook bans foreign ads in effort to limit interference in Ireland’s abortion referendum

Campaigners attend a rally organized by the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign ahead of the Irish abortion referendum. (Toby Melville/Reuters) Facebook on Tuesday said it would stop accepting advertisements related to an upcoming referendum on abortion in Ireland from groups based outside of the country.  The announcement, which comes less than three weeks before Irish voters …

Iran ‘prepared for all scenarios’ if Trump nixes nuclear deal, officials say

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, on Feb. 15, 2018. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters) ISTANBUL — Iranian officials sought to quell economic fears Tuesday over speculation President Trump may withdraw from the nuclear deal with Tehran, a move that could threaten to return harsh sanctions on the …